Teaching Wheels

At York the Teaching Commons (TC) Teaching Wheels program is a variation on the very successful Teaching Squares Program. It is designed to support classroom practice by building community through a non-evaluative process of classroom observation and shared reflection. The focus is what you as a visitor learns from observing your Wheel partners. Read more about Teaching Squares in this article “Teaching Wheels Bring Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

Benefits of participating in a Teaching Wheel

Teaching Wheels provide an opportunity in a safe and mutually supportive environment for you to:

  • Observe, reflect on and celebrate good teaching and learning
  • Increase your understanding and appreciation of the work of colleagues
  • Gather ideas for developing your teaching and learning repertoire
  • Formulate a plan for trying out and developing new approaches and
  • Enhance your teaching based on your own observations and reflections

Instructors teaching at all undergraduate levels in face to face, blended, and online courses are eligible to participate.

What is expected of a Teaching Wheel participant

  • Attend a  1 hr kick-off meeting and a 1 hr wrap-up meeting
  • Observe at least two classes taught by two different Wheel partners
  • Reflect on the class observation experience
  • Share reflections with the Wheel partner
  • Invite at least two other Wheel partners to observe your class
  • Share Wheel observations with other Wheel members and other Wheels

At the kick-off meeting, you will form your groups and arrange the observation schedule.

*Our Teaching Wheels program is currently suspended. For more information, or to request individualized support, please email Lisa Endersby, Educational Developer, lendersb@yorku.ca or Robin Sutherland-Harris, Educational Developer, robinsh@yorku.ca